Football games

High School

October 12, 2001|By Pat O'Malley

Football games

Today

No. 1 McDonogh (5-0) vs. St. Mary's (5-0)

Where: Weems Whelan, Annapolis

When: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Despite the visiting Eagles' lofty status and 15-game winning streak, St. Mary's defense, which has allowed 23 points in five games, could be the difference. McDonogh quarterback Joe Benson and RB E.J. Hamilton are very good players, but the Saints' defense, led by DLs Roger Calisch and Brendan Teague and LBs James Hyland and Jeff Postell, should be up to the task. The Eagles have won three of their four games against St. Mary's since 1993, including including last year's 33-12 rout, but this may be the best St. Mary's team since its MIAA A Conference title seasons in 1995-96.

Severn (3-2) at Pallotti (1-3)

When: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Sean Etter is the key to the Admirals' offense, with 465 yards and four TDs, that has led to three straight wins. Darnell Jones (377 yards, one TD) complements Etter well.

No. 2 Annapolis (4-1) at North County (1-4)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The visiting Panthers have too much offensive power behind RBs Eric Venerable (455 yards, 7 TDs), Darius Johnson, Darren Johnson, DeMario Harris and QB Davon Watkins for the host Knights. Annapolis has scored 144 points; North County has given up 137.

South River (1-4) at No. 5 Broadneck (4-1)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: South River's Mike Klug (702, 7 TDs) is one of the county's top RBs, but he's going against a superb defense, and a Bruin team ready to forget last week's upset loss to Meade.

Arundel (0-5) at Chesapeake (3-2)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The host Cougars should move a step closer to the first winning season in coach Tom Kraning's 14 years at the Lake Shore school. Arundel has given up the most points (183) of any county team and faces the Cougars' single-wing led by Nick Bowen (484 yards, 7 TDs).

Glen Burnie (3-2) at Southern-AA (2-2)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: LB Justin Holland paces the quick, ball-pursuing Southern defense and will have to play well to contain Glen Burnie QB Keith Williams (539 yards, 10 TDs) and his top RB Carlos Gray (392 yards, 4 TDs).

Fairfield at Archbishop Spalding (2-4)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Cavaliers will be out to end a three-game losing streak at home. The Cavs are coming off a 32-7 loss to Severn.

Tomorrow

Northeast (4-1) at No. 9 Old Mill (4-1)

When: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: There is no question that the visiting Eagles, coming off their first loss, 7-0 to Southern last week, will be playing the best team they've seen so far. Adding to the Eagles' challenge is that it's homecoming in Millersville, where Brashaad Mayweather, the county's leading rusher and scorer with 709 yards and 11 TDs for 66 points, will be looking to put on a show.

Severna Park (1-4) at Meade (4-1)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: After playing No. 9 Old Mill tough last week before bowing 24-14, the Falcons visit the Fort on homecoming, not to mention the Mustangs coming off a huge 24-12 victory at Broadneck last week. Severna Park's defense needs to play its best for any shot at an upset.

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